A Giza misdemeanor court on Wednesday will begin hearing a case against Egyptian TV presenter Islam El-Beheiry and TV channel owner Tarek Nour over a controversial show about Islam, accused of blasphemy.
El-Beheiry already received a five-year sentence in May, also on charges of blasphemy over his show, which has been cancelled by the channel. El-Beheiry, who has appealed the verdict, was released on bail.
Previously broadcast on private TV channel Al-Qahera W Al-Nas, owned by media mogul Nour, El-Beheiry's show ‘With Islam’ tackled controversial issues such as punishments for apostasy, early marriage, and different interpretations of the Hadith, the sayings and teachings of Islam's Prophet Mohamed.
Up to 48 complaints have been filed against El-Beheiry over his views.
In early April, Al-Azhar, the country's leading Sunni Islamic institute, filed another complaint against El-Beheiry’s show with the Free Media Zone, the state department in charge of managing cable TV channel contracts.